Friday, July 16, 2010

E. Coli warning - packaged romaine lettuce

Package dated "use by July 8-12", "S" in the product code - sorry you probably already ate the Romaine.

From The Sacramento Bee 7/15/10, 6:09 pm.   The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat certain romaine lettuce products packaged by Fresh ExpressCalifornia, 40,684 cases of the recalled products were distributed, according to a Department of Public Health news release. The salad products were distributed to retailers in 19 states, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.  because they may be contaminated with E. coli, which can cause serious illness. Department officials said the E. coli was isolated from routine surveillance samples. So far, no illnesses have been linked to any of the 23 affected products. In
The romaine salad products are sold under the Fresh Express label and packaged in sizes ranging from 7 ounces to 32 ounces. The affected product labels are marked "Use by Date of July 8-July 12," and have an "S" in the product code. A complete list of the recalled products is available at Photos of the affected product packages are available at Health officials advise consumers who purchased affected romaine salad products to throw them away immediately, then thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water. E. coli infection often causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. People with severe infections may suffer kidney damage and require hospitalization. Health officials warn that complications can be fatal. Those most at risk for serious complications include young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. consumers with any of these symptoms are advised to contact their health care provider.
Posted by Kathy Meeh

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